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    If you feel that you definitely should get a chance to get a seat at the BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon then write to maarika@garage48.org

    BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon is bringing the health sector closer to startup community

    Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate 2016 has joined forces with Garage48 and HackingSurgery to organize the first HealthTech Hackathon on November 2, 3, 4 in Beirut, Lebanon. The hackathon is all about realizing ideas about IT apps or platforms that address the health & medical industry.

    Get ready for 48 hours of coding, building, designing and thinking BIG to bring valuable impact to the health & medical industry.

    We are bringing together 100+ physicians, coders, designers, marketing & business experts from around the world* to build innovative and disruptive concepts. Teams will work for 48 hours and deliver a beta-prototype on the final day. The best projects will have the opportunity to be on the main stage at BDL Accelerate.

    The Winner of The BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon will be awarded a $10,000 Cash Prize to continue the development of their idea into a full working IT tool. More prizes and surprises to be announced.

    The hackathon will be a very unique experience with the vibrant community energy, top-notch mentors and “no powerpoint” rule. This is your opportunity to disrupt the health & medical industry.

    The event will take place on 2-4th of November, 2016, in Beirut @ BDL Accelerate 2016 Conference

    * Selected applicants flying in for the Hackathon will be provided with accommodation.

    More about the event:
    BDL Accelerate 2016 HealthTech Hackathon in Collaboration with Garage48 and HackingSurgery

    Banque du Liban (BDL) Accelerate is the only innovation and startup in the world that is inclusive, because it’s free. We don't charge our attendees, so that everyone, from all walks of life, can learn, engage, be inspired, and connect with industry experts, investors, like minded individuals, and changemakers from around the world. Last year, over 100 top-tier speakers from 53 countries flew to Beirut to inspire an audience of 6,623 attendees from around the world. This year, we're anticipating over 10,000 attendees, with 2,000 registrations recorded in the first week alone. Learn more about this year’s event at: bdlaccelerate.com.

    Garage48 is a 48-hour intensive development event to work out physical gadgets, new web and mobile applications to bring new startups into life. Are you an engineer, marketer, designer, health industry specialist or a passionate visionary? If yes, join the ultimate hackathon in Beirut! Garage48 event is a mixture of a hackathon and an exercise from a bootstrapper’s bible. With origins from Estonia & the Silicon Valley, Garage48 events evolved being the first of its kind events in rapidly developing tech countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Oman & elsewhere.

    HackingSurgery is a series of events organised by Touch Surgery. These events are intended for healthcare professionals, business specialists, designers, engineers, and other problem-solvers who want to develop technological solutions for problems faced by the healthcare community. By coming together for sessions of intense brainstorming and research, these dynamic and diverse groups present software or hardware solutions that would impact doctors, hospitals, medical staff and ultimately patients.
    Wedneday, 2nd November
    Thursday, 3rd November
    Friday, 4th November

    NB! Schedule is tentative, changes are possible and likely to happen.

    GET READY section for participants

    We'll start on Wednesday (2nd November)  at 17:30 with opening doors. Please come on time, as the registration process might take some time. This time before the official opening is a great opportunity for getting to know the crowd and to network. See the agenda for further information.


    Positive attitude, open mind and lots of energy! Everything you need for a rapid product development.

    Please take your:


    3-5m power extension cord (as power might be on distance)

    mobile phone

    all chargers


    photo camera to take and share photos


    sleeping bag and towel (in case you would like to stay overnight)

    credit cards for domain registration

    business cards (if you have any)


    Ideas are presented based on "elevator-pitch" method within 90 seconds. Event host and audience can ask 1 to 3 short questions.

    You can prepare 1 (one) PDF slide to support your pitch. You should send the slide by Tuesday noon latest (1st November), at the e-mail info@garage48.org (Subject: name of your project).

    Consider following key points:

    NB! Practice your pitch to your friends or family before you present! 90 seconds goes really fast!


    After pitching is over, we will put all the ideas on the wall. Every participant will choose their favorite idea and this is how teams will be formed. Usually 14 to 20 best ideas will get enough interested people to get the "green light" for the implementation.

    Average team has about 5 to 7 people and the team should be "balanced" - covering all required roles like necessary engineers, designer, a project manager (team lead/visionary), marketer and a health sector specialist in order to get the product/service ready in 48 hours! Minimum size for a team is 4 people and max is 8 people.

    If some ideas get too few people or not balanced teams (probably unable to build the service), the idea will be dumped. Those people should choose another idea/team.


    After forming the teams, organizers will give a room/space for every team for the weekend. You should start by dividing roles, setting the product vision, customer journey and start working right away.

    It is very important that you have a project manager (team lead) in the team - one of his tasks is to keep the focus of the team, one eye on the clock and the other on the team progress. 48 hours is really a short time.


    We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday and Friday. So, you could focus on work and building your product.


    We have arranged international mentors to work with the teams throughout the weekend. Some of them are more technical, some more business savvy. Be open and ask for their advice and contacts. They are there to help you!

    Please wear your name badge during the whole event, this will help to encourage networking and gets you inside through security guards. Otherwise be open, get to know new people, share your ideas and give ideas/feedback to other teams.

    MOST IMPORTANT - have fun!



    take your sleeping bag & mattress and you'll have a possibility to stay overnight in the venue. We have prepared a separate room for all the dreamers:)    

    Frequently Asked Questions



    Ragnar Sass

    Co-founder at Garage48, Co-founder @ Pipedrive, Co-founder @ Clanbeat, Founder @ LIFT99


    Andres Susi

    Tech Entrepreneur

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    Kair Käsper

    Head of Engagement at Pipedrive


    Helen Kokk

    UX & Service Design Lead at Nortal

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    Alvar Lumberg

    Engineering Lead at TransferWise

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    Agu Suur

    Head of Development at Clanbeat


    Kristel Kruustuk

    Founder & CEO at Testlio


    Jüri Kaljundi

    Co-founder at Weekdone; Co-founder at Garage48 

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    Adel Tabchy

    Professor of Medicine at American Board of Medical Oncology

    Loubna Bouarf

    CEO & Co-Founder, Machine Learning Expert at Okra Technologies


    Ussamah El-Khani

    UGI Surgery, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    Naveen Cavale

    Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon


    Ali Bahsoun

    Research Lead at Touch Surgery


    Axel Sylvan

    Doctor and Founder at My Recovery


    Max Armani

    Ultra High Net Worth & Family Office Advisor at UBS


    Mathew Farkas

    Entrepreneur and Founder at Blueprint Health


    Jean Nehme

    Founder at Touch Surgery